Indian skier Arif Khan makes ‘dream’ Olympic debut

It’s been a long journey for Arif Khan to make it to the Olympics. His dream to make it to the slopes of a Winter Games started more than 20 years ago in the small Indian village of Tangmarg.

After missing out on PyeongChang four years ago, Khan finally realized his dream in Beijing as he became an Olympian. It’s a great experience being in the Olympics for the first time,” he said

You should carry on with your dream. No matter how hard it is, it will come true one day, it really happens. You just have to believe in yourself. Don’t let it go.”

Khan finished 45th in the men’s giant slalom, but he said his goal was to make it over the finish line.

It was a bit difficult today with the weather, the snow,” he said. “You could hardly see what was next to the gates. The guys who go down earlier, sometimes, they make those icy ruts.

If you try to keep up with your speed and (take) some other chances, you hit a rut, you go out, as you’ve seen today.

My focus was more about just finishing the race until the end, and I did it.”

Khan says his exploits “will inspire the next generation” of Indian skiers and hopes he can “introduce India as a skiing destination for the rest of the world.”

In India, we have a population of 1.4 billion people and I’m being representative of all that population. It means a lot to me.”

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